His scientific studies focused on the sedimentary petrology of Permo-Skythian rocks of the Alps (including especially the genesis of magnesite in sediments); the mineral topography of Austria (with a focus on Alpine cleft mineralisations and pegmatites), mineral occurrences in Kenia, Egypt, Nepal, Namibia, Madagascar, Norway and Greenland; as well as the inclusion diagnostics of gemstones and precious stones.
Gerhard Niedermayr was known internationally for his highly successful activities as broadcaster of geoscientific knowledge, which is reflected in countless popular scientific publications, talks, workshops, field trips and exhibitions. In addition, Gerhard Niedermayr was active in several national and international scientific societies and committees. Since 1999 he was Correspondent of the Geologische Bundesanstalt and since 2001 Honourable Member of the Austrian Mineralogical Society (Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft) and the Austrian Gemmological Society (Österreichische Gemmologische Gesellschaft).
A cadmium-copper sulphate mineral was named niedermayrite in 1998 in his honour.
Gerhard Niedermayr died from a severe illness on July 12, 2015.
The NHM has lost a dedicated collection curator and a scientist, colleague and friend who was highly active beyond his retirement.
See the detailed obituary (in German).